Podcast Episode December 14, 2019

Podcast 022 | Hypothermia and Frostbite – Treatment and Prevention


Stream

Subscribe

Summary

It may not technically be winter – but snow and temperatures are falling all across the country. To help you stay safe this season, this Backpacking Light SKILLS SHORT centers on frostbite and hypothermia.

Ryan and Andrew kick things off with frostbite: how it occurs medically, how it presents symptomatically, the best ways to prevent it, and how to treat it when it happens.

Next, they run hypothermia through the same treatment.

The guys wrap things up with a brief gear chat and a list of resources to improve your backcountry emergency readiness.

Outline

  • Intro
  • Frostbite
    • What is frostbite (medically and scientifically?)
    • What are the symptoms?
      • frostnip
      • superficial frostbite
      • deep frostbite
    • When someone should be frostbite aware – and some scenarios that may not be obvious
    • How can someone prevent frostbite from occurring?
    • Frostbite treatment – superficial and deep
      • When to evac?
  • Hypothermia
    • What is hypothermia (medically and scientifically?)
      • drop in body’s core temp
    • What are the symptoms?
      • The Umbles
      • intense shivering -> stop shivering, drowsiness
    • When should someone be “hypothermia aware” – in other words, what is the combination of scenarios where hypothermia is most likely to occur?
    • What is a hypothermia situation that may not be obvious?
    • How can someone prevent hypothermia from occurring?
    • Treating minor and severe hypothermia
      • And when to evac
      • No rapid rewarming!
  • What’s Ryan’s favorite few pieces of cold-weather gear he likes right now?
  • What are some good resources to learn more about cold-related illnesses and how to treat them?

Feedback, Questions, Tips?

Credits

  • Backpacking Light – Executive Producer
  • Ryan Jordan – Director and Host
  • Andrew Marshall – Producer, Host, and Editor
  • Look for Me in the Mountains – Music

Today’s Sponsor: Douglas Fir

  • This episode of the Backpacking Light podcast is also brought to you by Douglas Fir trees. Douglas Firs: they make it smell like Christmas!
  • Actually, this episode of the Backpacking Light Podcast is supported and kept advertising-free by Backpacking Light membership fees. Please consider becoming a member which helps support projects like this podcast, in addition to a whole slew of other benefits!
  • In addition, some of the links on this page may be affiliate links that refer to our partner merchant retailers. If you follow a link and then make a purchase, we receive a small commission which goes a long way towards helping us pay for podcast production, hosting, and bandwidth fees! Thanks for supporting us in this way!

Contact

You can contact us at [email protected], or follow us on social media –

Disclosure

Updated November 7, 2019

  • Product(s) discussed in this article may have been purchased by the author(s) from a retailer or direct from a manufacturer, or by Backpacking Light for the author. The purchase price may have been discounted as a result of our industry professional status with the seller. However, these discounts came with no obligation to provide media coverage or a product review. Backpacking Light does not accept compensation or donated/discounted products in exchange for guaranteed media placement or product review coverage.
  • Some (but not all) of the links in this article may be “affiliate” links. If you click on one of these links and visit one of our affiliate partners (usually a retailer site), and subsequently place an order with that retailer, we receive a small commission. These commissions help us provide authors with honoraria, fund our editorial projects, podcasts, instructional webinars, and more, and we appreciate it a lot! Thank you for supporting Backpacking Light!
  • Read about our approach to journalistic integrity, product reviews, and affiliate marketing here.
Free Handbook

Get ultralight backpacking skills, gear info, philosophy, news, and more.

Join Our Community

Become a Backpacking Light Member


Forum Access

Unrestricted access to all forums, plus the ability to post and start new threads.

Premium Content

Unrestricted access to all 2,300+ articles, gear reviews, skills, stories, and more.

Community Posts

Post new content to the community including gear swaps, reviews, trip reports and more!

Online Education

Get unlimited access to all our online education (*Unlimited membership required).

Pack less. Be more. Become a member today!

Get Started

Loading...